Weekend Watch – Veterans’ Day Edition

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Update Sunday, 11:00am – Like last week, Scott Benson has a full wrapup of the Patriots links in the Sunday papers on the Patriots Game Day page. Included is a blurb from Tom Curran which might explain a little of the animosity Bill Belichick feels for Eric Mangini.

Update Saturday 12:00pm I’m in full agreement with Dan Kennedy’s take on Keith Foulke’s departure and the Herald’s treatment of it.

The Patriots face Eric Mangini and the New York Jets for the second time this season in a divisional matchup at Gillette Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Despite the loss to the Colts on Sunday night, the Patriots are in good shape to open up the second half of the season.

As per usual, the place to be on Sunday will be the BSMW Patriots Game Day page. Last Sunday featured links to the Sunday football stories and the flagship post-game blog. This week, you might get the same, or something different. We’re not telling. You can also check the news coverage of the team on the Patriots News Mashup page.

Check in on the Jets coverage on the New York Sports Pages – all four major dailies on one page.

Highlights from this week’s edition of Patriots All Access (Saturday 8:00pm WCVB, Sunday 10:00am)

  • A sitdown with the new all-time reception leader in franchise history, Troy Brown.
  • Bill Belichick shows us what has made the Jets passing game so explosive so far this season on the Belestrator.
  • Highlights from Larry Izzo’s second annual “Larry-oke”, a fund-raising effort that is near to Izzo’s heart.

The Patriots/Colts game was a frustrating one from the local perspective, but naturally still posted great numbers locally. On 7NBC, it scored a 32.2 Household rating with a 49 share. (22.0 Adults 25-54 rating; 29.1 Men 25-54 rating).

This week’s edition of Patriots Football Weekly has great analysis of the Patriots/Colts game, a preview of the Jets game, a midseason look around the AFC as several teams vie for the coveted first round playoff bye, a tribute to Troy Brown’s breaking the franchise record for catches and a “Where are they now” feature on Ronnie Lippett.

Here’s your NFL Maps for the Weekend:

CBS Single Game

FOX Game One

FOX Game Two

Here’s your College Football TV Schedule.

The Celtics have a pair of tough games this weekend, tonight against the Jazz and Saturday night in Cleveland against LeBron and the Cavs. Both games are at 7:30 on FSN and you can check the coverage on the Celtics News Mashup page.

The Red Sox are rumored to be among the leaders in the bidding for Japanese star Daisuke Matsuzaka. Keep up with the latest news on the newly re-designed Red Sox News Mashup page.

Don’t forget also that Gillette’s other team, the New England Revolution will be playing for the MLS Cup on Sunday afternoon. The game will be shown on ABC at 3:30pm.

Weekend Viewing Highlights

Friday
7:00pm UNH at BC (basketball) – NESN
7:00pm BU at UNH (hockey) NHPTV
7:30pm Celtics vs. Jazz – FSN (HD)
8:00pm Heat at Nets – ESPN (HD)
10:30pm Pistons at Lakers – ESPN (HD)

Saturday
3:30pm NASCAR Busch Series Arizona.Travel 200 – 7NBC
7:00pm Bruins vs. Senators – NESN (HD)
7:30pm Celtics at Cavs – FSN
7:45pm Alabama at LSU – ESPN (HD)
8:00pm Wake Forest at Florida St – ABC (HD)

Sunday
1:00pm Patriots vs Jets CBS4 (HD)
3:30pm Revolution vs. Houston (MLS Cup) ABC
3:30pm NASCAR Nextel Cup: Checker Auto Parts 500 – 7NBC (HD)
4:15pm Saints at Steelers FOX25 (HD)
8:00pm Rockets at Heat ESPN (HD)
8:15pm Bears at Giants 7NBC (HD)

Notes and Links

The Boston Phoenix relaunched their Media Log blog this week, under the byline of Adam Reilly. Nice to have another voice and opinion on the local media (news and sports) out there.

Charles P. Pierce and Stefen Fatsis debate the State of the NFL in Slate magazine, including Why the The Patriots Are the Least Sentimental Franchise in Sports.

Keep in mind that during the month of November you can vote at the National Baseball Hall of Fame to nominate three broadcasters to the Ford C. Frick Award ballot. Local names on the list include Ken Coleman, Joe Castiglione, Jim Woods and Ned Martin.

A good blog that I’ve been meaning to give a plug to and just keep neglecting to do so is 10 Cent Freeze Pops – check it out when you have a moment sometime.

XM Radio has a one hour Baseball Confidential special with Red Sox star David Ortiz. The slugger talks about his life, career and what makes him the most clutch hitter in baseball before a live studio audience. The first show aired yesterday, but you can catch encores at the following times:

Friday, 11/10 – 9 PM ET on MLB Home Plate – XM 175
Saturday, 11/11 – 9 AM ET on MLB Home Plate – XM 175
Sunday, 11/12 – 11 AM ET on MLB Home Plate – XM 175
Sunday, 11/12 – 8 AM and 11 PM ET on XM Sports Nation – XM 143

Bill Simmons with his weekend NFL picks, wonders what has happened to sports.

Here’s our weekly sports media column roundup:

New England

Bill Doyle has a look at John Madden’s life these days, spent mostly in the Madden Cruiser where he can now watch the afternoon games on Sunday while getting ready for the game that night. Are the Yankees trying steal away assets from the Red Sox again? John Howell looks at how the Yankees are negotiating with WTIC in Hartford, which has carried the Red Sox games for the last 46 seasons. Susan Bickelhaupt looks at CSTV working a deal to carry Atlantic 10 basketball games, but the package doesn’t kick in until January 6th when conference play starts. John Molori scored an interview with deposed FOX baseball analyst Steve Lyons earlier this week, and David Scott changes tact and tells us things that he actually likes in sports media.

New York

Phil Mushnick points out another example of “duh” programming, this time by HBO and also offers up some phrases from Knicks voice Gus Johnson to use this season in an effort to be positive about the team. Bob Raissman examines HBO’s decision not to air the Laila Ali/Shelley Burton fight on the grounds on not showing women’s boxing, when really it appears that their reason is that this fight is a total mismatch. Andrew Marchand has NBC considering moving Cris Collinsworth from the studio to the booth for the wild card playoff round. He’s also got Doc Rivers as a favorite for the third man in the booth for ABC’s lead broadcast team with Mike Breen and Mark Jackson should the Celtics coach be fired. Marchand also scores Five questions with John Madden, and his Memo of the week is to Stuart Scott for accusing the media of baiting Chad Johnson. Neil Best notes the sorry state of TV boxing. Richard Sandomir examines the Knicks marketing efforts.

East Coast

Michael Hiestand looks at NBC’s plans to stream online a substantial portion of the 2008 Summer Olympics from Beijing. He also looks at a series of DVD’s aimed to help “raise the next generation of sports fans,” by teaching toddlers uniform numbers, fight songs, stadium shapes, etc. Chris Zelkovich debunks the urban legend that Toronto isn’t interested in the CFL. Laura Nachman has a look at an NFL films special on “Philly’s Finest” which includes profiles of Eagles announcer Merrill Reese and former Eagles quarterback Randall Cunningham. Now that both the Nationals and the Orioles will have their games broadcast on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, Jim Williams has an early look at how the broadcast teams might pan out.

South

Jim Sarni has a look at NBC kicking off the Flex-Schedule era this weekend with the Bears/Giants game getting moved to the prime time slot. Dave Darling looks at Daniel Dahm, who is leaving Terry Bowden side on WHOO’s afternoon drive show where he has been since 2003. (Note: I’m sensing a theme around the country…almost everyone mentions how sick to death they are of the John Mellencamp’s “Our Country” ads for Chevy.) David Barron has Eric Wynalda previewing the MLS title game between the New England Revolution and the Houston Dynamo. Barry Horn looks at declining TV numbers for NASCAR and what it could mean for the sport.

Midwest

With Notre Dame not on national TV this weekend for the first time in recent memory, Ed Sherman looks at how CSTV is offering an online stream of the game for viewers with broadband access. The stream costs $14.95 today or $19.95 tomorrow. Bob Wolfley has Jimmy Johnson saying that there could be plenty of changes in the standings for the second half of the NFL season. He also has SportsCenter anchor John Anderson saying that his interest in the Brewers broadcast position is “purely nostalgic and romantic.” Judd Zulgad notes that the T-Wolves radio move to BOB 106 FM has resulted in a much smaller broadcast area, which has upset some fans. Jeffrey Flanagan talks to Royals announcer Denny Matthews about again being on the Ford Frick ballot for the Hall of Fame. Dan Caesar reports on Martin Kilcoyne’s departure from KNFS’s “Morning Grind” and has some leftovers from the World Series coverage.

West Coast

Tom Hoffarth looks at a benchmark moment from 15 years ago this week – the announcement that Magic Johnson was retiring because he had contracted HIV. Hoffarth looks at the coverage of that event, noting the misinformation that was spread then and how different the coverage would be today. Hoffarth also lends come credence to the Boston Herald report earlier this week that the Red Sox were interested in bring Steve Lyons in as a possible replacement to Jerry Trupiano in the radio booth. Hoffarth has Lyons saying that “he hasn’t decided on the Boston deal because he has joint custody of his 8-year-old daughter in Hermosa Beach and might opt not to move that far away.” Jay Posner looks at the glut of games on cable television and yet no one is happy because we can’t all see the game that we want because of the battles between networks and cable operators. Joe Davidson has former volleyball star Ky Bell climbing the ladder at Comcast SportsNet in Sacramento.